My great-grandfather Henry TANKSLEY, an
African American, was born in Edgefield, SC about 1868 I believe. He moved to Screven County, GA in the late 1800s and married my great-grandmother Easter BROWN. Their 1st child was born in 1900. There was a James TANSLEY listed in the 1870 census who had 2 sons named Henry. One of these sons was 2 yrs. old. I've found what I believe to be a definite find for my family on the 1880 Edgefield census. There is a Jim TANSLEY or TANKSLEY listed who has a son named Henry who is 14 years old. Henry's siblings listed as Ben, Emma and Mamie match information I received from Henry's only surviving son and oldest grandaughter. They both mentioned Edgefield relatives named Ben, Emma who was called Aunt Sissy and an Aunt Mame who I believe was Mamie. The Jim TANKSLEY I've found lived in the Wise Township. In the 1870, 1900-1920 census a Samuel and Handy TANKSLEY were mentioned who are possibly relatives of Jim.
I'm searching for any information about the TANKSLEYs of Edgefield.
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